Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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About Our Program

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will complete four years of full-time study, consisting of general education course, nursing courses and nursing clinicals. The first-year nursing curriculum consists of general education courses like Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, English, and Psychology. 

All high school students will apply directly to the nursing major, where they will compete for Direct Admission into the BSN major. Transition and transfer students will complete the first-year nursing curriculum, after which they will compete for any open spots into the sophomore year. Once admitted to the sophomore year, students will begin their nursing clinicals and course work, which takes three full-time years to complete.


  1. Apply relevant theories from nursing and related natural and behavioral sciences as a foundation for planning holistic care to enhance modify or support population focused health care in various environmental contexts.
  2. Demonstrate clinical judgment while providing holistic care as a member of the interprofessional team in various environmental contexts. 
  3. Employ effective communication and collaboration for professional nursing practice utilizing information management and patient care technology. 
  4. Demonstrate leadership to effectively implement evidence-based interventions that promote patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team. 
  5. Apply nursing process to address the health of diverse populations in the provision of evidence-based, comprehensive nursing care. 
  6. Educate diverse populations in health promotion, disease prevention, maintenance, and health restoration. 
  7. Use scholarly inquiry to guide professional practice. 
  8. Demonstrate leadership in health policy, advocacy, and management of holistic care. 
  9. Apply professional standards of practice incorporating legal, ethical, and resource management.

Graduation Requirements

The requirements for conferring the bachelor's degree in nursing are:

  • Successful completion of:
    • the required courses in the program of study for the College of Nursing (121 credit hours);
    • degree requirements within seven years from date of matriculation;
  • A minimum of a 2.0 current and cumulative grade point average;
  • Filing of the appropriate degree application forms with the University of Cincinnati by the defined deadline;
  • Payment of all delinquent university/college obligations;
  • Recommendation by the faculty of the College of Nursing.

The requirements for certifying program completion to a board of nursing are:

  • Conferred BSN degree;
  • Successful completion of college exit exam.


The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The baccalaureate program at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791.


If you have questions, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or